October 16, 2012
Dr. Oliver J. Myers, assistant professor in mechanical engineering, received a special “role model” honor from Minority Access, Inc. at the 2012 National Role Models Conference held in Orlando, Florida on September 28-30, 2012.
According to the website www.minorityaccess.org ,Minority Access, Inc. is a non-profit educational organization that assists individuals, academic institutions, federal, state, and local government agencies, and various corporations in diversifying campuses and work sites by improving the recruitment, retention and enhancement of minorities.
Minority Access implemented the National Role Models Project in 1999 — in cooperation initially with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and now with 170 diverse colleges and universities — to identify, publicize and honor students and alumni from underrepresented groups who excelled in biomedical research as well as their supporters to inspire others, through emulation, to follow in their path. The Minority Access National Role Models Project was later expanded to honor inspiring individuals in other areas of science and technology.